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watch and pray: for ye know not are of the day, be sober, putting on when the time is. For the Son of the breast-plate of faith and love; man is as a man taking a far jour- and for a helmet, the hope of salvaney, who left his house, and gave tion. For God hath not appointed authority to his servants, and to us to wrath, but to obtain salvation every man his work, and command- by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died ed the porter to watch. Watch ye for us; that, whether we wake or therefore; for ye know not when the sleep, we should live together with master of the house cometh, at even, him. Wherefore, comfort yourselves or at midnight, or at the cock-crow- together, and edify one another, ing, or in the morning: lest coming even as also ye do. suddenly, he find you sleeping. And Mat. 24: 42. Watch, therefore, what I say unto you, I say unto all, for ye know not what hour your Watch.
Lord doth come. But know this, Luke 12: 35. Let your loins be that if the good man of the house girded about, and your lights burn- | had known in what watch the thief ing; and ye yourselves like unto would come, he would have watchmen that
ait foi eir lord, when ed, and would not have suffered his he will return from the wedding; house to be broken up. Therefore that, when he cometh and knocketh, be ye also ready ; for in such an they may open unto himimmediately. hour as ye think not, the Son of man Blessed are those servants, whom cometb. the lord when he cometh shall find Who then is a faithful and wise watching: verily, I say unto you, servant, whom his Lord hath made That he shall gird himself, and ruler over his household, to give make them to sit down to meat, and them meat in due season ? blessed will come forth and serve them. | is that servant, whom his Lord, when And if he shall come in the second he cometh, shall find so doing. Verwatch, or come in the third watch, ily I say unto you, that he shall and find them so, blessed are those make him ruler over all his goods.
And this know, that if Mark 14: 38. Watch and pray, the good man of the house had lest ye enter into temptation. known what hour the thief would 1 Cor. 16: 13. Watch ye, stand come, he would have watched, and fast in the faith, quit you like men, not have suffered his house to be be strong. broken through. Be ye therefore 2 Tim. 4: 5. Watch thou in all ready also: for the Son of man com- things. eth at an hour when ye think not. Rom. 13: 11. Now it is high time Then Peter said unto him, 'Lord, to awake out of sleep ; for now is speakest thou this parable unto us, our salvation nearer than when we or even to all? And the Lord said, believed. The night is far spent ; Who then is that faithful and wise the day is at hand: let us therefore steward, whom his lord shall make cast off the works of darkness: and ruler over his household, to give let us put on the armor of light. them their portion of meat in due. Eph. 6:10. Finally, my brethren, season ? Blessed is that servant, be strong in the Lord, and in the whom his lord when he cometh shall power of his might. Put on the find so doing. Of a truth I say unto whole armor of God, that ye may you, That he will make him ruler be able to stand against the wiles of over all that he hath.
the devil. — 14. Having your loins
girt about with truth, and having on T 1 Thess. 5: 4. But ye, breth- the breast-plate of righteousness, and ren, are not in darkness, that that your feet shod with the preparation day should overtake you as a thief; of the gospel of peace.Above all, ye are all the children of light, and taking the shield of faith, wherewith the children of the day: we are not ye shall be able to quench all the of the night, nor of darkness. There- fiery darts of the wicked. And take fore let us not sleep, as do others; the helmet of salvation, and the sword but let us watch and be sober. For of the Spirit, which is the word of they that sleep, sleep in the night; God; praying always, with all prayer and they that be drunken, are drunk and supplication in the Spirit, and en in the night. But let us, who | watching thereunto with all perse
verance and supplication for all 1 MARK 4 : 16. These are they saints.
which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with
gladness, and have no root in them§ 11. PERSEVERANCE
selves, and so endure but for a
time ; afterward, when affliction or John 8: 31. If ye continue in my persecution ariseth for the word's word, then are ye my disciples in- sake, immediately they are offenddeed.
ed. Rom. 8: 31. What shall we then Rev. 2: 12. And to the Angel of say to these things ? If God be for the church in Pergamos write; us, who can be against us ? He that These things saith he which hath spared not his own Son, but deliver- the sharp sword with two edges; I ed him up for us all, how shall he know thy works, and where thou not with him, also freely give us all dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: things ? ... Who shall separate us
and thou holdest fast my name, and from the love of Christ ? Shall trib- hast not denied my faith, even in ulation, or distress, or persecution, those days wherein Antipas was my or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or faithful martyr, who was slain among sword ? ... Nay, in all these things you, where Satan dwelleth. 13. we are
than conquerors, And unto the Angel of the church through him that loved us. For 1 in Thyatira write ;
These things am persuaded, that neither death, saith the Son of God, who hath por life, nor angels, nor principali- his eyes like unto a flame of fire, ties, nor powers, nor things present, and his feet are like fine brass nor things to come: nor height, nor I know thy works, and charity, and depth, nor any other creature, shall service, and faith, and thy patience, be able to separate us from the love and thy works; and the last to be of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our more than the first. Lord.
JAMES 5: 7. Be patient therefore, GAL. 4: 15. Where is then the brethren, unto the coming of the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear Lord. ... Establish your hearts: for you record, that if it had been possi- the coming of the Lord draweth ble, ye would have plucked out your nigh. ... Take my brethren, the own eyes, and have given them to prophets, who have spoken in the
Am I therefore become your name of the Lord, for an example enemy because I tell you the truth ? of suffering affliction and of paThey zealously affect you, but not tience. Behold, we count them hapwell; yea, they would exclude you, py which endure. Ye have heard of that ye might affect them. But it is the patience of Job, and have seen good to be zealously affected always the end of the Lord: that the Lord. in a good thing, and not only when is very pitiful, and of tender mercy, I am present with you.
Jer. 2: 2. Thus saith the Lord), I Heb. 6: 9. But, beloved, we are remember thee; the kindness of thy persuaded better things of you, and youth, the love of thine espousals, things that accompany salvation, when thou wentest after me in the though we thus speak. For God is wilderness: in a land that was not not unrighteous to forget your work
Israel was holiness to the and labor of love, which ye have Lord. - 5. What iniquity have showed towards his name, in that ye your fathers found in me, that they have ministered to the saints, and do are gone far from me, and have minister.
walked after vanity and are become And we desire that every one of vain ? Neither said they, Where is you do show the same diligence to the Lord that brought us up out of the full assurance of hope unto the the land of Egypt, through a land of end: that ye be not slothful, but fol- deserts and of pits? ... And I brought lowers of them who through faith you into a plentiful country, to eat and patience inherit the promises. the fruit thereof and the goodness
Mat. 24: 13. He that shall endure thereof; but when ye entered, ye unto the end, the same shall be sa- defiled my land, and made mine herved.
itage an abomination ... The priests
said not, Where is the LORD ? And turn unto my house whence I came they that handle the law, knew me out. And when he cometh, he find
the pastors also transgressed eth it swept and garnished. Then against me. – 11. Hath a nation goeth he, and taketh to him seven changed their gods, which yet are other spirits more wicked than himno gods ? But my people have chang- self; and they enter in, and dwell ed their glory for that which doth there: and the last state of that man not profit. Be ye astonished, 0 ye is worse than the first. heavens, at this, be ye horribly afraid, 1 Tim. 4:1. Now the Spirit speakbe ye very desolate, saith the Lord. eth expressly, that in the latter times For my people have committed two some shall depart from the faith, evils ; they have forsaken me, the giving heed to seducing spirits, and fountain of living waters, and have doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hewed them out cisterns, broken cis- hypocrisy, having their conscience terns, that can hold no water. Is Is- seared with a hot iron, forbidding to rael a servant ? Is he a home-born marry, and commanding to abstain slave? Why then is he spoiled ? - from meats, which God hath created 17. Hast thou not procured this un- to be received with thanksgiving of to thyself, in that thou hast forsaken them which believe and know the the LORD thy God, when he led thee truth. For every creature of God is by the way ? — 19. Thine own wick- good, and nothing to be refused, if edness shall correct thee, and thy it be received with thanksgiving: for backslidinys shall reprove thee. it is sanctified by the word of God, Know, therefore, and see that it is and prayer. an evil thing and bitter, that thou 2 Tim. 3: 1. This know also, that hast forsaken the LORD thy God. in the last days perilous times shall 21. Yet I planted thee a noble vine,
For men shall be lovers of wholly a right seed: how then art their own selves, covetous, boasters, thou turned into the degenerate proud, blasphemers, disobedient to plant of a strange vine unto me ?
parents, unthankful, unholy, without
natural affection, truce-breakers, 1 Mat. 10: 22. He that endureth false accusers, incontinent, fierce, to the end, the same shall be saved. despisers of those that are good,
Rev. 2: 10. Be thou faithful unto traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers death, and I will give thee a crown of pleasures more than lovers of of life.
God, having a form of godliness, but GAL. 6: 9. Let us not be weary denying the power thereof : from in well doing ; for in due time we such turn away. For of this sort are shall reap if we faint not.
they which creep into houses, and 1 Cor. 15: 58. Therefore, my be- lead captive silly women laden with loved brethren, be ye steadfast, un- sins, led away with divers lusts, movable, always abounding in the ever learning, and never able to come work of the Lord ; forasmuch as ye to the knowledge of the truth. know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 2 Peter 2: 20. For if after they Mat. 13: 20. He that received have escaped the pollutions of the seed into stony places, the same is world through the knowledge of the he that heareth the word, and anon Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they with joy receiveth it; yet hath he are again entangled therein, and no root in himself, but endureth for overcome, the latter end is worse a while ; for when tribulation or with them than the beginning. For persecution ariseth because of the it had been better for them not to word, by and by he is offended. He have known the way of righteousalso that received seed among thorns, ness, than, after they have known is he that heareth the word; and the it, to turn from the holy commandcares of this world, and the deceit- ment delivered unto them. But it is fulness of riches, choke the word, happened unto them, according to and it becometh unfruitful.
the true proverb, Luke 11; 24. When the unclean
The dog is turned to his own vomit again; spirit is gone out of a man, he walk
and, eth through dry places, seeking rest;
The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in and finding none, he saith, I will re
Rev. 2:1. Unto the Angel of the ther cold nor hot. I would thou wert church of Ephesus write ; These cold or hot. So then, because thou things saith he that holdeth the sev- art lukewarm, and neither cold en stars in his right hand, who walk- nor hot, I will' spue thee out of my eth in the midst of the seven golden mouth. Because thou sayest, I am candlesticks ; I know thy works, and rich, and increased with goods, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how have need of nothing ; and knowest thou canst not bear them which are not that thou art wretched, and misevil ; and thou hast tried them which erable, and poor, and blind, and nasay they are Apostles, and are not; ked; I counsel thee to buy of me and hast found them liars : and hast gold, tried in the fire, that thou mayborne, and hast patience, and for my est be rich; and white raiment, that name's sake hast labored, and hast thou mayest be clothed, and that the not fainted. Nevertheless, I have shame of thy nakedness do not apsomewhat against thee, because thou pear; and anoint thine eyes with hast left thy first love. Remember eye-salve that thou mayest see. As therefore from whence thou art fal- many as I love I rebuke and chasten : len, and repent, and do th first zealous therefore, and repent. works, or else I will come unto Behold, I stand at the door, and thee quickly, and will remove thy knock. If any man hear my voice, candlestick out of his place, except and open the door, I will come in to thou repent. But this thou hast, that him, and will sup with him, and he thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolai- with me. To him that overcometh, tanes, which I also hate. He that will I grant to sit with me in my hath an ear let him hear what the throne, even as I overcame, and am Spirit saith unto the churches ; To set down with my Father in his him that overcometh will I give to throne. He that hath an ear, let eat of the tree of life, which is in him hear what the Spirit sąith unto the midst of the paradise of God. the churches.
HEB. 6: 4. For it is impossible 1 3: 1. And unto the Angel of the for those who were once enlightenchurch in Sardis write; These ed, and have tasted of the heavenly things saith he that hath the sev- gift, and were made partakers of the en Spirits of God, and the seven Holy Ghost, and have tasted the stars ; I know thy works, that thou good word of God, and the powers hast a name that thou livest, and art of the world to come; if they shall dead. Be watchful, and strengthen fall away, to renew them again unto the things which remain, that are repentance : seeing they crucify unready to die: for I have not found to themselves the Son of God afresh, thy works perfect before God. Re- and put him to an open shame. member therefore how thou hast re- 11. We desire that every one of you ceived and heard, and hold fast, and do show the same diligence to the repent. If therefore thou shalt not full assurance of hope unto the end: watch, I will come upon thee as a that ye be not slothful, but followers thief, and thou shalt not know of them who through faith and pawhat hour I will come upon thee. tience inherit the promises. Thou hast a few names even in Mat. 5: 13. Ye are the salt of the Sardis which have not defiled their earth ; but if the salt have lost his garments; and they shall walk with savor, wherewith shall it be salted ? me in white : for they are wor- It is thenceforth good for nothing thy. He that overcometh, the same but to be cast out, and trodden unshall be clothed in white raiment; der foot of men. and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his Angels.
8: 14. And unto the Angel of the church of the Laodiceans write ; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art nei
use of edifying, that it
may minister CHAPTER II.
grace to the hearers.
Col. 4: 6. Let your speech be al
ways with grace, seasoned with salt, CHRISTIAN DEPORTMENT AND DU
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
HEB. 13:15. Let us offer the fruit § 1. OF THE TONGUE.
of our lips : giving thanks to his
name. Mat. 12: 37. By thy words thou James 1: 26. If any man seem to shalt be justified. — 35. A good man, be religious and bridleth not his out of the good treasure of the heart tongue, that man’s religion is vain. bringeth forth good things.
3 : 2. If any man offend not in 5: 37. Let your communications word, the same is a perfect man, be yea, yea, nay, nay.
and able also to bridle the whole LUKE 4 : 22. All bare him wit- body. ness, and wondered at the gracious
MARK 3: 28. Verily, I say unto words which proceeded out of his you, All sins shall be forgiven unto mouth.
the sons of men, and blasphemies Job 2: 10. In all this Job sinned wherewith soever they shall blasnot with his lips.
pheme: but he that shall blaspheme 27 : 4. My lips shall not speak against the Holy Ghost, hath never wickedness.
forgiveness, but is in danger of eter33: 3. My words shall be of the nal damnation : because they said, uprightness of my heart.
He hath an unclean spirit. Ps. 39: 1. I will take heed to my (See Morality of the Gospel, Govways that I sin not with my tongue ;
ernment of the Tongue.) I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me.
141: 3. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth.
§ 2. DUTIES ARISING FROM THE SO63: 3. My lips shall praise thee.
37: 80. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his I. The Marriage Relation. tongue talketh of judgment.
Prov. 10: 11. The mouth of the HEB. 13:4. Marriage is honorarighteous is a well of life. — 20. The ble in all, and the bed undefiled. tongue of the just is as choice silver. 1 Cor. 7:2. To avoid fornication,
The lips of the righteous feed let every man have his own wife, many. 31. The mouth of the just and let every woman have her own bringeth forth wisdom.
husband. 12: 6. The mouth of the upright 1 Tim. 5: 3. Honor widows that shall deliver them.—18. The tongue are widows indeed. But if any widof the wise is health.
ow have children or nephews, let 14: 3. The lips of the wise shall them learn first to show piety at
home, and to requite their parents: 15: 1. A soft answer turneth away for that is good and acceptable bewrath. 4. wholesome tongue fore God. Now she that is a widow is a tree of life. – 7. The lips of indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, the wise disperse knowledge. and continueth in supplications and
16: 24. Pleasant words are as an prayers night and day : but she that honey-comb ... sweet to the soul, liveth in pleasure is dead while she and health to the bones.
liveth. And these things give in 18: 21. Death and life are in the charge, that they may be blameless. power of the tongue.
But if any provide not for his own, Eccl. 9: 17. The words of the and especially for those of his own wise are heard in quiet, more than house, he hath denied the faith, and the cry of him that ruleth among is worse than an infidel. Let not a fools.
widow be taken into the number unEPH. 4: 29. Let no corrupt com- der threescore years old, having been munication proceed out of your the wife of one man, well reported mouth, but that which is good to the l of for good works ; if she have